I will preface this with, I have not listened to the HomePod, yet. Question. I've seen the occasional individual making the statement about this beating their X thousand dollar amount of speakers. Are these people full of it and have a home theater system that they listen to music through that is barely setup? Or, is this the direction that sound reproduction is heading? I've met several people who prefer the Beats Pill over a good stereo and laugh at people who still have one. I have heard a Beats Pill and will not give up my stereo for one any time soon. I just wonder sometimes what I'm missing.